One of the most magnificent celebrations of spring — Tulip Festival in Canada (The Canadian Tulip Festival) — held annually in Ottawa in the first week of May.
Every year in May, the Canadian capital immersed in the colorful sea of ??tulips, which in the long tradition of sending a gift to Canada, the grateful Dutch. This tradition emerged after the Second World War, during which Canada has provided shelter forced to flee from the fascist regime of the royal house of the Netherlands. Queen Margriet was born here on the North American continent. However, in order to become the heir to the throne, she had to be born in the home country. The Canadian government has announced a special decree courtesy room at the Ottawa Hospital, where she was born a princess, the Netherlands.
When he returned to his homeland in 1945, Princess Juliana of Holland sent a gift of Ottawa 100,000 tulip bulbs. The gift was made not only in gratitude for the asylum, but also in recognition of the role played by the Canadian liberators of Holland. Since then, the tulips have become a symbol of international friendship and the first real sign of spring in Ottawa. To this day comes from Holland by 20,000 bulbs every year, and now in Ottawa grows more tulips than in any other city in the world.
During flowering tulips Ottawa turns into a flower capital of the world, despite the fact it is one of the coldest capital cities. View on flowering over 5 million tulips in the country come every year more than 1.5 million tourists.
festival begins with a traditional Tulip Ball and fashion show where models show clothes of course, tulips. Tulip Ball has recently carried out a unique place — a mirrored alcove. By tradition, he is held in the spirit of cabaret, where guests can see performances by renowned dance groups and serves international cuisine with the best champagne.
Canadian Tulip Festival will leave no one indifferent (Photo: Hallgerd, Shutterstock) During the festival, all guests can visit the Canadian capital specially designed tours to places of blooming tulips in Ottawa and its suburbs. The most beautiful part of the route is called "The Loop" — a loop. Inside the semi-circle, surrounded by the sea of ??tulips of all colors, are the most recognizable buildings Ottawa: House of Parliament, the Peace Tower, castle hotel Fairmont Chateau Laurier and the building of the American Embassy. In the park on Parliament Hill at this time are exhibitions where artisans sell their creations.
On the Rideau Canal in Ottawa will be held, as usual, a flotilla of flowers — a beautiful sight, making you forget about what actually This channel is a significant part of the time of the year is the world's longest ice track. "In the ice cold winter time" citizens skate skating here, here performed traditional ice sculpture contest.
And during the festival, many thousands of tulips blooming along the waterfront of the Rideau Canal will be added to the multi-million dollar exotic mosaic of color and beauty in the Canadian parks and squares of the capital, bringing joy to the eyes of its residents and the many visitors from all over the world: in fact the Canadian Tulip Festival — the largest tulip festival in the world.